Napan Braves (1976)

The Napan Braves enjoy a rich history in NB baseball.  Originally formed in 1959 as the Lumberjacks, the team took on the “Braves” moniker in 1962 under the direction of Bill O’Donnell.  This team went on to become the heart and soul of the community, winning their first Intermediate “B” title in 1964, as well…

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Carl “Butch” Watters

Carl Watters’ passion for hockey began more than 40 years ago.  He has continually juggled his home and work lives to accommodate this passion.  Hockey has brought him around the globe to places like Iceland, India, Mexico and Australia. “Butch” was an accomplished defenseman during his playing career, plying his trade for such NB Senior…

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Gerald Smith

Gerald Smith has dedicated a large portion of his adult life to ensuring that Miramichi families have the opportunity to participate in the “life sports” of hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Perhaps his greatest contribution came in his leadership in designing and creating the hiking and biking trails at French Fort Cove, providing four…

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Jonathan Saunders

Jonathan Saunder’s career as an elite catcher with the Chatham Senior Ironmen spanned sixteen years.  A team leader both on and off the field, his confidence and determination inspired his teammates in tough situations. He donned the “tools of ignorance” in 1993 in the Chatham system and blossomed from there.  He was the midget Ironmen…

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James Gordon Morell

Jim Morell’s stardom began in the original Miramichi Valley Baseball League, one of the premier baseball leagues in NB in the 20’s and 30’s. He quickly became the most outstanding pitcher in the league leading the Newcastle team to a Provincial Championship in 1931.  His skill in the field and with the bat made him…

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Ray Kokkonen

Ray Kokkonen has been a dedicated advocate for the sport of Biathlon since 1967.  A Miramichi resident since 1984, he competed as a biathlete from 1967 through 1983 in both civilian and military competitions.  However, it was as an official and executive that he truly made his mark. He was elected as Officials Chair for…

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Gary Dunn

Gary Dunn has dedicated countless volunteer hours over the past 25 years to the greater benefit of the Miramichi sporting community. Gary served on the Chatham minor baseball executive from 1994-2006.  He coached at all levels; winning a provincial championship with the Mosquitoes in 1999.  He spearheaded a drive to get two fields by the…

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Herman Wrigley

Patrick Joseph “Herman” Wrigley enjoyed a distinguished athletic career spanning nearly 50 years. A native of Chatham, he led the 1920 Chatham Hockey Team to its first provincial championship and Chestnut Cup as the team’s goaltender.  In 1922 he moved to the US, to play goal for the New Haven Bears.  In 1926, he joined…

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John Sullivan

John Sullivan has been one of the strongest influences on the growth and development of sports in the community of Chatham Head. He began his involvement 45 years ago as a coach in the minor baseball program.  He has coached at every level up to Intermediate with the Chatham Head Tigers.  He has served as…

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Rich Leggatt

Rich Leggatt was one of the most talented pitchers from the area to ply his talent in the US pro ranks. Rich starred in Chatham’s minor system as both a pitcher and a shortstop.  An accomplished hitter, he was the batting champion of the NB Junior League with a .510 average in 1976.   The next…

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